Yaquina Head welcomes self-guided groups to tour Yaquina Head year-round. Advanced reservations are required. Groups may choose to do a number of different projects or bring their own activities. Unlike the springtime registration procedures, classes may schedule general visits at any time. Please call the Education Program Coordinator at 541-574-3122 to discuss and book your field trip. more>>
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is home to some of Oregon’s most accessible and ecologically diverse tide pools. It has provided an "outdoor classroom" for visiting school groups for generations. In 2003, BLM rangers began offering ranger-led educational programs to visiting grade school groups. The intertidal science program includes ranger-led school programs for grades 3 through 8, as well as self-guided programs for groups of all ages.
Ranger-led programs offer teachers and students the opportunity to participate a hands-on, hearts, exploration of the intertidal area, using standards linked to state curriculum. We strive to keep the ranger/student ratios low and the engagement level high. By participating in the programs we hope that students will acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of Oregon’s natural and cultural heritage while learning about resources protection and personal stewardship. more>>
Opportunities are available for well-supervised groups at all grade levels. While we welcome teacher-led programs, we expect that students are actively engaged in appropriate activities that will encourage learning and stewardship while protecting the resources at Yaquina Head. In this regard, we have found that allowing students to explore the park without an assignment or activities is often ineffective and compromises both the resources and the students’ learning experience. Please think of your visit as a "Field Experience" rather than a "Field Trip," and come prepared with appropriate, supervised activities for students while exploring the tide pools and other areas of the park. more>>